Archive for January, 2010

John R. Bowen libels Robert Spencer

How can we take this man’s “nothing to see here” foolishness seriously when he actually accuses Robert Spencer of calling Islam a “gutter religion.”

Spencer has never ever said such a thing. Disgusting. Thank God some commenters are weighing in to set Bowen straight.


Michael Coren on ‘the cheap holiday on other people’s misery,’ aka Haiti

Michael Coren writes:

Vacations in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the rest are only available and affordable because of the poverty in which the staff in the hotels and resorts are forced to live.

The response tends to be that without tourism these people would be even worse off. Actually tourism is a substitute for investment and industry and allows us to exploit.

Haiti is a massive problem, and of course it’s glorious that we are helping. But some of the tears we’ve seen on television don’t quite convince. We may care very much, but normal people cry for those they know and love personally. This isn’t callousness but human nature. So weeping on demand and false emotion is using Haiti’s pain rather than trying to lessen it.


Salim Mansur on the Geert Wilders trial

Salim Mansur writes:

…in trying Wilders, the Amsterdam Court of Appeal has conceded space to the Islamists by accommodating, in practical terms, their demand for acceptance of Shariah (Islamic law) within secular society.

This can only mean abandoning those Muslims, especially women, who escaped from Islamic countries seeking freedom. They will become vulnerable once again to Islamists enforcing Shariah rule inside enclaves where Muslims reside within Europe.


Give this guy a sidekick gig!

RUSH: Here’s Dave in Wyoming on a cell phone.  Great to have you with us, sir.  Hello.

CALLER:  Hey, big rig-driving dittos, Rush.

RUSH:  Thank you very much.

CALLER:  I have a question about your Miss America judging.

RUSH:  Yeah.

CALLER:  First of all, let me thank you for your service for going down there.

RUSH: (laughing)

CALLER: I mean, Las Vegas and Miss America contestants parading around, that must be awful.

RUSH:  Well, somebody has to do it, and everybody has to be somewhere.  And my name came up.


RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER:  Hey, I want to know if you’ve experienced the strange phenomenon yet that when a black contestant is on the stage, you “forget” that she’s black.

RUSH:  (laughing) You are not helping.


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Mark Steyn: what it’s like to sit in for Rush Limbaugh

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Muslims denounce Facebook comment — not the violent act that inspired it

USA Today relates a typical story:

Muslim organizations in California on Friday called on Lancaster Councilwoman Sherry Marquez to apologize for a comment last weekend about the 2008 beheading of Aasiya Hassan in New York.

It included the comment, “This is what the Muslim religion is all about.”

Kamal Al-Khatib, president of the American Islamic Institute of Antelope Valley, denounced the remarks as bigoted and divisive to the community 50 miles north of Los Angeles.

Marquez told the City Council this week she was horrified by the killing and apologized for the effect her comments had on the city.


My new Talk Radio Watch column is now up

Check it out for FREE audio/video highlights from the week in conservative talk radio: Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham and much more!

PLUS: here’s what happened after my deadline…


Bright Lights Film Journal gets a redesign

New articles:

Towards a New Cinema of Castration: I Spit on Your Grave and Only Angels Have Wings

* “Val Lewton’s Symbolic Statuary”

* “The Transgressive Body of Divine in Pink Flamingos

* Review of The Moment of Psycho


‘What was the level of taxation in 1776 that caused the U.S. to declare its independence?’

Lorne Gunter writes:

I will always recall his answer: “the equivalent today of about 5% to 7% of their income.”


Today, in Canada, all levels of government, through all their taxes, can confiscate as much as half or more of a taxpayer’s income, in total. Income taxes, pension claw-backs, the GST, gasoline excise taxes, import duties and tariffs, estate taxes, property taxes, capital gains and on and on and on.

And yet, like the abused spouse rushing back to an abuser, many Canadians continue to sing the praises of ever bigger and bigger government. They rush to it in any crisis looking to be saved, whether through “free” health care during times of personal crisis or through auto company bailouts that demonstrate solidarity with distant workers in distant communities during times of global crisis.

Were John Adams or Ben Franklin or Thomas Jefferson to show up in today’s world, he would immediately be calling for his fellow citizens to take up their muskets and throw off their tyrants.


Mark Steyn on the State of the Union address

Mark Steyn writes:

In the past 60 years, the size of America’s government work force has increased five times faster than the population. Yet the president says it’s still not enough: We have to divert more of our human capital into the government machine. He’s explicitly telling you: If you start a business, invent something, provide a service, you’re a schmuck.

In the America he’s building, you’ll be working 24/7 till you drop dead to fund an ever-swelling bureaucracy. Mr. Obama’s proposals are bold only insofar as few men would offer such a transparent guarantee of disaster: It’s the audacity of hopelessness.


David Warren on our own ‘Young Werther’

David Warren writes:

[Catcher in the Rye] has had a remarkable and, to my mind, infernal influence on society, owing in part to its author’s literary skill in the manipulation of colloquial language, in part to the emotional and even hormonal power in that peculiar explosion of sex and ego that is adolescent narcissism itself. The proof is in the pudding, and the fact that Catcher in the Rye went on to inspire at least three celebrity assassins (Mark David Chapman, John Hinckley Jr., and Robert John Bardo), along with who knows how many “little league” psychos and suicides, speaks to its real power.

The great German poet, J.W. von Goethe, achieved something similar with his own original contribution to the genre of the “coming of age novel” — The Sufferings of Young Werther, in 1774. It not only triggered the suicides of innumerable overwrought young dandies across the Europe of his day, but launched the German Romantic movement.

Still, what for Goethe had been the over-talented expression of a passing phase in youth — ironically disavowed even within the novel — was for Salinger the embodiment of a permanent worldview. The latter’s paranoid demonization of “the Phonies” is echoed in the 1950s Jimmy-Dean cults of rebellion, in every hippie tract against “the Squares,” and to this day in delusionary ideas about how the world works, among our leftwing “intellectuals.”

Although I’m shocked that Warren, of all people, use the expression “the proof is in the pudding” — I know he knows the expression is “the proof of the pudding is in the eating.”


Ann Coulter’s new column about the mortgage meltdown

PLUS a new video interview, up at my Ann Coulter website.


‘Mark Steyn’s Monarchical Theater 3000 on President Princess Fairy Pants’

Mark Steyn to Hugh Hewitt:

Obama will still be blaming everything on what he “inherited” in years and years to come. It’s time to man up. You’re the president. Nobody forced you to be the president. You wanted the job. Man up or get the hell out of the way. But to stand there blaming in this cheesy, tacky, finger pointing at a guy who’s been gone now for over a year just makes you look Princess Fairy Pants. It’s pathetic. 


Most women are lazy and wish they didn’t have to work. Period.

As I’ve been saying.

Here’s another story:

I can think of five close friends who have either quit their jobs or gone part-time in the past two years  – and only one of them has children.

For years, the only reason women would take a step back from their career was to raise a family, but my friends are getting off the treadmill before then.

A new book called 30-Something And Over It  -  What Happens When You Wake Up One Morning And Don’t Want To Go To Work. . . Ever Again sums up the mood.